This module can only be taken as a Standalone Short Course.

This course provides an academic perspective on the nature and role of key international security and defence organisations and the importance of culture and place as a context for leadership.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • Duration5 days
  • LocationOnline

What you will learn

•  Describe the key players in the global security and defence arena and their inter-relationships,
•  Critically evaluate the contemporary developments and disputes concerning the nature of strategic cultural analysis and its relevance to leadership,
•  Define the role of ‘bureaucratic culture’ in the development and implementation of national security policy,
•  Reflect upon and critique the utility of cultural analysis, and a range of other analytical tools, for the purposes of wider strategic planning,
•  Compare and contrast the role of different academic disciplines to the analysis of culture,
•  Apply different decision-making approaches across a range of different contexts,
•  Undertake relevant strategic analysis (underpinned by a strong cultural element) of a wider security or defence organisation, a bilateral government ministry or country defence department, of their choice, using appropriate conceptual frameworks

Core content

•  Key bilateral and multilateral stakeholders,
•  Bureaucratic, administrative and legal challenges to strategic leadership in guiding the development of national security strategy,
•  The role of culture and international political economy on strategic planning and international interventions,
•  Decision-making frameworks: methodologies supporting different leadership styles in a range of multinational contexts,
•  Culture as an important driver of transitional change.

Location and travel


How to apply

Online application form. UK students are normally expected to attend an interview and financial support is best discussed at that time. Overseas and EU students may be interviewed by telephone.

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